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Cleared you? You mean told you that you don’t have HSV 2 because your antibody test is negative? I could not disagree more strongly. A positive AND typed LESION swab far overrules an antibody test. With no antiviral medicine, the IgG test misses 8% of HSV 2 infections. WITH medicine, it could certainly miss more. The most accurate test is the herpes western blot. If you stayed off medicine for 12 weeks in a row and tested with the blot, I am quite certain you would test positive for HSV 2 antibody. As for your partner, he had an IgG that was positive, is that right? Do you know the number associated with his positive I don’t believe the Mayo clinic gives index values (which is in opposition to the CDC who says people with index values between 1.1 and 3.5 need confirmatory tests – how can you know if you aren’t getting the index values.
Negative and equivocal values are VERY close together so .07 is so close to negative – it doesn’t matter. And the swab outweighs this.
The University of Washington is VERY clear that antiviral therapy can interfere with an antibody test. If the medicine is working well, the virus cannot replicated and in that case, the immune system cannot see it and make an immune response called antibody. Seems pretty simple to me